Jo blazes trail with torch run

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Chesterfield doctor Jo Wallis has taken part in the Endurance Life Real Relay Run, an attempt by runners to follow the official Olympic Torch route in one continuous non-stop run.

Jo collected her torch at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Calow, and ran with family and friends from North Derbyshire Running Club for 12.5 miles.

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Her route took in Queen’s Park, Walton Dam, across muddy fields to Holymoorside and up through Matlock Golf Club.

The Endurance Life run set off from Lands End ten days after the Olympic flame and it has followed a similar route.

The torch has climbed Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Sca Fell Pike, involving hundreds of runners with each runner completing around ten miles.

Jo, a GP from Brampton, said: “It’s been great to feel part of something much bigger and I am so pleased that so many family and friends could run and support me along the way. I haven’t stopped smiling yet.’’

Meanwhile, Ripley Running Club’s Dale Annable took the honours for the second consecutive meeting of the Booth Decorators League up at a very wet Carsington Water race.

He came home in 27m 40s, comfortably ahead of the rest of the field on this very challenging five-mile course, taking in the more undulating side of the Derbyshire tourist attraction.

Matt Bickerstaff continued his good form to come in eighth position, in a time of 30m 06, closely followed by Luke Beresford in tenth, just 32 seconds later.

Phil Woodman won the VM60 category, along with Eleanor Robinson, who took first place in the VL60 class.